Fellow readers, this Warrior is stuck creatively.
It’s persisted for over a month and it’s past the point where I can cast it off and have confidence that it will pass soon. Now it’s reached the point where I’m wondering if this feeling will linger. And that is a scary place to be.
In an attempt to shake myself out of this funk, I’ve made a choice to share with you my creative rut. I’ve said previously that I’d like my writing to come from a vulnerable place and this is a perfect opportunity to share that with you.
The Empty Tank
Intuitively I know that this blockage began after my challenge of blogging every day for 2 weeks ended. I felt tapped out of ideas and the topics that had previously come to me frequently had now grown silent. It was as if I had spent so much of my creative energy that after the 2 weeks was finished I had an empty tank. Yet here I sit, 4 weeks later and my tank is still empty.
Today I’m choosing to put my “butt in the chair” as a friend of mine told me recently and share my story publicly. Leading up until now, I had made excuses for my lack of motivation to write.
• I had chalked it up to spending so much time and energy posting every day for 2 weeks
• I have been dealing with a lot at home
• Work has been busy
• My marathon training is ramping up (I’m a month away from the race)
• I’m working on releasing a big project VERY soon here on this site
All of which are valid reasons, however I’ve reached the point where I’m finished with excuses and I’m calling it what it is: I’m stuck! It is my hope that by labeling it, talking about it, and sharing it all with you that I’ll begin to see the creative energy restored.
How do I get out?
So here I am fellow reader, stuck in a creative rut with no clear path of how I’m going to get out. This is where I’m at. However, by simply writing this post I can already feel the blockage eroding away.
One thing I know is that I’m NOT going to give up. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please don’t give up hope and keep the faith that your voice will return. We will pass this test.
Wisdom from Adam Lasky
My friend Adam Lasky recently wrote on the topic of being stuck and battling your inner monster (his term for fear, doubt, resistance, etc.). I liked his perspective:
So the fact that your inner monster has resulted to blitzkrieg tactics means you are on the right track. No one takes an amateur seriously. But someone who is determined, passionate, and consistently creating is a danger to the established order.”
I like the sound of that!
It helps me to re-frame my lack of energy to write and create and gives me the confidence to “put my butt in the chair” again tomorrow with the intent of making a little more progress than I did today. That’s how I’ll break through and refill my tank.
6 Suggestions to Help Break Through
If you find yourself stuck creatively, here are 6 suggestions to help break through:
1. Admit that you’re stuck.
2. Take a deep breath.
3. Give yourself empathy for being stuck, it happens to us all.
4. Talk to a friend or mentor about being stuck.
5. Put your butt in the chair the next day and create a little more than you did yesterday.
6. Share your struggles publicly.
Belief and Determination
It’s a slow process to getting stuck and it’s a slow process to getting unstuck. The most important thing to possess is determination. That emotion will propel you forward every day and before you know it you’ll find yourself unstuck and not quite sure when that happened.
I believe in you and I believe in me to get out of this. Our messages are too important to hold us down for too long.
What have you done to get yourself out of being stuck creatively?
Please share what’s worked and what hasn’t worked for you.
Photo Credit: Elsie esq. (Creative Commons)